Christmas and Easter rightly have prominent places in the Church calendar. Jesus’ birth, death and Resurrection are should be properly celebrated, but the place of Pentecost is equally as important. Without that point in time when the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus’ followers as they waited patiently after his ascension, they would have remained a group of confused and fearful people. It was the Church’s Big Bang moment.
Pentecost is a reminder that the Holy Spirit moves with power and that without the Spirit working through us, individual Christians and the Church will be able to achieve little of substance. The Archbishop of Canterbury has released a video for Pentecost. In it he says that the Holy Spirit “gives us a love for the world around us, and the capacity to both speak and act in a way that is revolutionary.”
Our society desperately needs to see and experience a revolutionary Church filled with the fire of God’s Spirit.
‘Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me … by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God.’ (Romans 15:17-19)